More than 160 Friends University students joined the Race for Freedom Sept. 7 in an effort to raise awareness and funds for ICT S.O.S., a Wichita group dedicated to combating human trafficking.
ICT S.O.S. serves as the liaison between professional groups – such as Street Outreach, EMCU and Youthville – who work with youths who are victims of human trafficking.
This year’s Race for Freedom was the second year Friends University has participated in the event, said Patrick Sehl, director of Campus Ministries. Campus Ministries paid the registration fee for any student who wanted to participate in the race.
“There was a very healthy mix of student athletes,” Sehl said, “especially men’s and women’s basketball teams, JV volleyball team, men’s baseball; as well as students across campus, and a few staff members.”
Sehl said he is proud of Friends University for supporting the work of ICT S.O.S.
“It is truly tragic to think about human trafficking being a reality here in Wichita, and I am thankful for ICT S.O.S. standing up for those who can't stand up for themselves,” Sehl said.
For more information about ICT S.O.S. or Race for Freedom, visit the organization’s website at www.race4freedom.com.